Nick recently published an article on digital security. My article piggybacks off those concepts by taking a deep dive into how to establish secure communications, something all the more critical during our hyper-reliance on remote working capabilities, online services, etc.

The Internet: Land of opportunity but fraught with stranger danger

Today’s digital landscape increases the complexity with which we communicate. Various platforms, devices, numbers, and networks create a complicated web where it’s easy to become overwhelmed. While we have more options to connect globally and rapidly share information, so do the bad guys. More options, while creating redundancy for us, present additional attack vectors for them. Hence the need for a well-established communications plan that affords you privacy and security.

“That could never happen to me”… until it does

Your individual threat model will dictate what your comms plan needs to look like, and from what it should be reasonably expected to protect you. However, there are a few general principles one can use to create a relatively secure (read: encrypted) plan that sufficiently protects you and your data. A few threat model examples follow:

Are you a power-moves state prosecutor that spends weekends righteously indicting high-ranking cartel hitmen in absentia? You need private and secure comms.